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BY Lauren

West Bloomfield Library Wins National Award

West Bloomfield Library wins award

Cameron Thomas-Shah and Clara N. Bohrer accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from First Lady Michelle Obama. The West Bloomfield Library is one of five libraries to receive the 2010 National Medal.

The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has been named one of 10 recipients of the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. The annual award, made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services since 1994, recognizes institutions (5 libraries and 5 museums) for outstanding social, educational, environmental, or economic contributions to their communities.

Upon construction in 2005, the West Bloomfield Public Library sponsored a fully-operating library inside of Friendship Circle’s Weinberg Village. Over the past six years, students with special needs from over 169 local schools have had the opportunity to utilize the Weinberg Village library by reading books, checking out books, browsing the internet and more. The library branch inside of Weinberg Village is only one of many community contributions set forth by the West Bloomfield Public Library. Some other unique programs they provide are the “Grow Up Reading” children’s literacy program, the “Help is Here” job search program and a diverse collection of foreign language library materials.

Weinberg Village West Bloomfield Library

Friendship Circle Executive Director Levi Shemtov stands with Educational Director Nancy Sinelli and West Bloomfield Library Board Member Judith Holtz in front of the West Bloomfield Library in the Weinberg Village

In December, West Bloomfield community member Cameron Thomas-Shah and the library director, Clara Bohrer, traveled to Washington DC to accept the National Medal for Library and Museum Service from First Lady Michele Obama. In her address to the recipients, Mrs. Obama said, “You are here today because you all share the same commitment to excellence, the same determination to serve your communities, and the same spirit of innovation.  You’re here because you’ve challenged the conventional notions of what a library or museum can and should be, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, embracing new ideas and approaches.”

On Sunday March 6th the West Bloomfield Library will hold  a “National Medal Community Celebration” to thank the local community for its support of the library

On behalf of The Friendship Circle, we say a big “Thank You!” and well deserved “Congratulations” to our community partner…The West Bloomfield Public Library.


Written on February 22, 2011 by:

Lauren Todaro joined The Friendship Circle in March of 2009 as the Assistant to the Director. As a writer and advocate for equality, she is consistently on the search for creative ways to bring more social advocacy and awareness to the Metro Detroit community. Have an idea? Email her at [email protected]

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